Whats the difference between painted and stained shutters? The main difference between painted and stained shutters is the way the material of the shutter interacts with the color. Paint lays on top of the shutter, just coating the surface. Stains on the other hand penetrate the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or faux wood material.Both methods come with their individual benefits. There are typically a larger number of color choices for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t interfere with the natural wood grain, so you can see the natural grooves and bumps of the material without a layer of paint hiding it.During your in-home window design consultation, our team will bring samples of all our color options directly to your home so you can easily match and complement colors with your existing interior design.